God is not an ethical rulebook.

  1. It makes for far too small of a god. It makes a god who is dependent on other things in the universe, and he will just take care of the ethical sector.
  2. It makes us disproportionally fearful of Him. After all, if He is 100% ethics-based, that has to be His main game. And he’s gonna git you.
  3. Our theology becomes unutterably small. If our God is the God of rules and only rules, then what do we do with beauty? What do we do with secular poets or deep, rich human experiences which seem transcendent in some mystical way? What about what the Irish call Thin Spaces, which are places where the barrier between the natural and the divine seems thinner than others?

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